The 2018 map for Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney is available below.
The 2018 trail features the well-known Great North Walk and the Harbour to Hawkesbury Walking Track in the beautiful bushland of northern Sydney. Check out the map below for the 2017 trail overview, featuring the 50km route for the second year.
Find out more comprehensive detail of the trail in the mapbook, which you can download below section by section.
The 100km trail begins in the riverside township of Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River. Starting with picturesque views at Parsley Bay, the trail quickly enters the bush and joins the Great North Walk. It then winds its way through the northernmost reaches of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Berowra Regional Valley Park, presenting you with great physical challenges while your legs are still fresh. The 50km trail starts at Bobbin Head, and continues along the 100km trail for the majority of the walk.
Don’t get too comfortable — it’s certainly not all downhill to the Harbour! The trail has many twists, turns, ascents and descents along the rugged bush tracks of the Mt Ku-ring-gai, Bobbin Head, Sphinx, and Warrimoo trails before reaching Garigal National Park. It then traverses the Harbour to Hawkesbury Walking Track (in reverse) as it follows Middle Harbour Creek. The trail offers numerous stunning views, which become more spectacular as you leave Davidson Park and make your way to the Finish line. The last section follows the Spit to Manly walk, with stunning views high above Sydney Harbour, before the triumphant finish at Tania Park.
Checkpoints on the Sydney trail
Here’s a taste of what you’ll experience when you take on the challenging and beautiful Sydney trail.
The Start – Checkpoint 1 (100km only) 15.7km
Parsley Bay to Muogamarra Rural Fire Station
|Average Time:||3h 38m|
The trail sets off from Parsley Bay in Brooklyn on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. Entering the ‘Great North Walk’ trail, you’re in the northernmost reaches of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Wide fire trails take you past Brooklyn Dam and single tracks allow you to enjoy Jerusalem Bay (pictured). Finally, climb through the towering gums into the village of Cowan and the first checkpoint. Note: There is no support crew access at this checkpoint during the event.
Checkpoint 1 – Checkpoint 2 (100km only) 11.9km
Muogamarra Rural Fire Station to Berowra Community Centre
|Average Time:||3h 50m|
This section of trail is considered the toughest, with a number of steep descents and climbs before you reach Berowra Waters. The challenge continues as the trail rapidly climbs up and away from Berowra Creek. Make sure you stop and appreciate how far you’ve climbed at the beautiful ‘Naa Badu’ lookout, with views towards your next section of trail. From here you only have a few kilometres to go until Berowra township and Checkpoint 2.
Checkpoint 2 – Checkpoint 3 (100km only) 15.2km
Berowra Community Centre to Bobbin Head
|Average Time:||5h 5m|
From Berowra, the trail returns to the Great North Walk and briefly retraces some of the route before descending to Sams Creek. The trail follows Sams Creek to the mangroves beside Berowra Creek, and then onto the boardwalk through the marshlands (pictured). An ascent through Lyrebird Gully leads to the suburb of Mt Ku-ring-gai. There is a little suburban street walking before re-entering Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and descending to the picturesque Apple Tree Bay on the shores of Cowan Creek. The trail then travels up and over the ridge and into the historic picnic grounds of Bobbin Head, situated in Australia’s second oldest national park, Ku-ring-gai Chase.
Checkpoint 3 – Checkpoint 4 (100km only) 15.3km
Bobbin Head to St Ives Showground
|Average Time:||5h 16m|
Heading south through Bobbin Head picnic grounds, the trail crosses a suspension footbridge and mangrove boardwalk as it enters the challenging Gibberagong Track. After a few kilometres alongside Cockle Creek, a short but steep climb takes you up to the suburb of North Turramurra where a walk through the streets will take you back into the National Park through the toll gates. The trail then visits the historic Sphinx War Memorial on the way back down to Cowan Creek before climbing up to briefly touch suburbia on the way to the spectacular Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens and, finally, St Ives Showground.
50km Start – Checkpoint 5 (50km only) 20.5km
Bobbin Head to Frenchs Forest Showground
|Average Time:||5h 16m|
The lucky 50km trailwalkers will begin the journey at Bobbin Head picnic grounds, where the trail immediately crosses a suspension footbridge and mangrove boardwalk as it enters the challenging Gibberagong Track. After a few kilometres alongside Cockle Creek, a short but steep climb takes you up to the suburb of North Turramurra where a walk through the streets will take you back into the National Park through the toll gates. The trail then visits the historic Sphinx War Memorial on the way back down to Cowan Creek before breaking away from the 100km trail and heading towards Frenchs Forest Showground.
Checkpoint 4 – Checkpoint 5 (100km only) 12.4km
St Ives Showground to Frenchs Forest Showground
|Average Time:||4h 17m|
After passing through the spectacular Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens, the trail crosses through North St Ives and into Garigal National Park. After a short decent, cross over Bare Creek and head up Heath Track before entering the suburbs and heading down into Frenchs Forest Showground.
Checkpoint 5 – Checkpoint 6 (100km and 50km) 11.3km
Frenchs Forest Showground to Davidson Park
|Average Time:||4hr 6m|
After passing through Davidson, the trail then becomes rugged and narrow along the valley floor next to Middle Harbour Creek. After crossing the pipeline and Carroll Creek, the single track then stays along the water’s edge before opening up to a fire trail just before arriving at Davidson Park picnic area.
Checkpoint 6 – Checkpoint 7 (100km and 50km) 7.9km
Davidson Park to Ararat Reserve
|Average Time:||2hrs 55m|
Travelling alongside Middle Harbour, there is a short urban section before the trail passes the secluded Flat Rock Beach. The trail enters Bantry Bay, behind a decommissioned military site. From here, the trail passes through a few tributary creeks, crossing the amazing Natural Bridge and climbing a big rock slab on the way to Ararat Reserve. The trail continues along the flat section of the Engravings Track. This is a challenging section at the latter end of the event.
Checkpoint 7 – The Finish (100km and 50km) 10.3km
Ararat Reserve to Tania Park
|Average Time:||3hr 5m|
This final section passes through urban areas, via the beautifully restored Burnt Bridge Creek to the underpass of Burnt Creek Bridge Deviation, before heading down to the Spit Bridge, where the trail follows the stunning views of the Spit to Manly trail to finish up at the scenic Tania Park.
We encourage our Trailwalkers to use public transport whenever possible. Please double-check times of buses, trains and possible track work before setting out. Check out NSW Transport for more information.